This programme is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK and Europe.

This programme is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK and Europe.

Programme Type
Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

The Volotea First Officer Programme is an ab-initio course designed to take cadets with little or no flying experience to the point when they are ready to join the airline as a second officer.

Cadets will begin their EASA theoretical knowledge training at CAE’s aviation academy in Madrid, followed by flight training in Phoenix, AZ, USA and Oxford, UK, before returning to Madrid to complete Airbus A320 Extended MCC and type-rating training.

Upon successful completion of the training programme, graduates will be employed by Volotea, where they will be mentored by the more experienced pilots at Volotea to continue their journey to becoming a first officer for the airline.

About CAE & Volotea

Since the airline was established in 2012, CAE has been Volotea’s training partner of choice to recruit pilots and cabin crew.

Building on the partnership, the airline came to CAE not only to recruit CAE pilot graduates, but also to deliver initial type ratings across the CAE Europe network and initial training for Cabin Crew.

It wasn’t until CAE opened the ab initio pilot academy at CAE Madrid that CAE and Volotea launched their first joint training programme for cadets, the Volotea First Officer Programme.

Course Outline

Phase 1: Theoretical Knowledge Training

  • Learn everything about ATPL related theory in 14 subjects
  • Classroom and computer-based training
  • Approximately 750 hours or 7-8 months
  • Location: Madrid, Spain

Phase 2: Foundation Flight Training

  • Learn how to fly solo in a single-engine piston aircraft
  • Aircraft and simulator training
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Approximately 145 hours or 5 - 6 months
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Perform your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) Skill Test

Phase 3: Advanced Flight Training

  • Learn how to fly using instruments on a multi engine piston aircraft
  • Aircraft and simulator training
  • Approximately 52 hours or 3-4 months
  • Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Perform your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) Skill Test

Phase 4: MCC/JOC – Airbus A320 type rating

  • Learn how to fly as a member of a professional airline cockpit crew and get type rated on an Airbus A320
  • Classroom and Flight Simulator Training
  • Approximately 2 months
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Obtain your Airbus A320 type rating
Investment & Funding
Volotea First Officer programme €132,500 including VAT

What’s included?

  • Airbus A320 Type Rating Course 
  • Return flights to Madrid, Spain from Phoenix, USA & Oxford, UK 
  • Accommodation and daily transport in Madrid, Spain, Phoenix, USA & Oxford, UK 
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) 
  • Uniform, flight bag, headset 
  • Access to learning management system and ATPL books 
  • M1 Visa 
  • USA (FAA) medical 

What’s not included?

  • Living expenses such as meals and entertainment
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical – approximately €500 
  • Selection testing - approximately €390

Course Funding

Learn more about funding.

Assessment & Selection

The joint CAE and Volotea selection process will proceed in 3 stages as follows:

Selection Stage 1: Online Application

CAE assessors will review all candidate applications to assess whether they successfully meet the criteria for the Volotea First Officer Programme. Successful candidates through this stage will be invited to either Brussels, Madrid or Oxford to complete an assessment day.

Selection Stage 2: Assessment Day

Applicants who successfully pass the first stage of the selection process screening will be invited to attend the next stage of the CAE selection, which will take place at Brussels, Madrid or Oxford.

The assessment day will cover:

  • Computer-based Testing
  • Pilot aptitude, including hand/eye co-ordination, motor skills and spatial awareness
  • Academic, mathematical and technical capacity
  • A multiple-choice test of technical reasoning
  • A dynamic multi-task test

Selection Stage 3: Personal Interview

Selection Stage 4: Interview with the airline

Stage 4 will include 2 interviews:

  • Interview with a Volotea pilot
  • Interview with Volotea HR team

These interviews will be held at Volotea’s Head Office in Barcelona.

On successfully reaching the required standards, you will then be selected to enter our Volotea First Officer Programme.

Eligibility Requirements

You need to meet the following criteria to apply to the Volotea First Officer Programme:

  • Must be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Have the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK, European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) or Switzerland
  • Must have successfully completed secondary education. Engineering or Business degree is a plus.
  • Proficient in the English language (verbal and written)
  • Must be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions

Class 1 pilot medical requirement

Prior to enrolling on the Volotea First Officer Programme, you must possess a valid Class 1 Medical Certificate. This can be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority in your relevant EU member state.

The Medical Examination Includes:

  1. Review of your medical history
  2. Hearing and vision tests
  3. Lung function and heart tests
  4. Blood and urine analysis
  5. General physical examination
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can I apply now and defer my start date for a year in order to finish university or other commitments?

Yes – we have more than 1 course starting each year, just make sure you add that information when submitting your application. Your assessment results are valid for 12 months.

Q. How well do I need to speak English to apply?

In order to apply to the Volotea First Officer Programme, you are required to be proficient in English, both verbally and written. Those who are not fluent in English may experience difficulties with the aptitude testing because it is conducted entirely in English.

Q. Is previous flight training experience or a PPL required?

No previous flying experience is necessary to apply.

Q. Must I already possess an EASA class 1 medical to apply?

No, but to enter training, a cadet pilot must hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate.

Q. I already have a CPL/IR or ATPL. Am I eligible to apply?

No. This programme is designed to identify students for an ab-initio training programme that must be completed in its entirety. Individuals already holding a CPL/IR or ATPL or those who have already completed any of the 14 ATPL theoretical knowledge examinations may not apply. Individuals who already have more than 200 flying hours cannot apply for this programme.

Q. How can I best prepare for the skills assessment for this programme?

CAE and Volotea have a strong preference for applicants whose natural aptitude, educational background and life experience have already prepared them for the rigors of the course so we do not recommend extensive preparation for the assessment. For those who have been out of school for a few years, however, it would be worth revising UK GCSE level mathematics and physics.

For this we recommend a full and comprehensive preparation pack has been created for you which will allow you to prepare for your assessment. In addition to this written material, we can also purchase Maths and Physics learning material which is designed to serve as a refresher course for someone who hasn’t been in education for some time. A link to this product will be shared with you upon approval of your application, and you’ve selected an assessment date.

Applicants should learn as much about Volotea as they can by researching the company and becoming familiar with their ethos, values, bases, fleet, timeliness record, financial performance and management structure, etc. Your research should go beyond the materials that CAE provide you ahead of your Interview.

Q. How much will it cost me to apply?

There is no fee required to submit the initial on-line application. In the event you are invited to attend for Stage 2 a fee of £160 will apply. If you are successfully selected to proceed to Stage 3 of the process, there will be an additional fee of £185. Stage 4 has no fees.

Q. How will I be advised of my progress?

On completion of each stage of the selection process, CAE will advise all applicants by email whether they have been successful or unsuccessful. The successful group will then be advised of arrangements for the next stage.

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